Parrot OS 4.10 Released, Now Officially Supports Lightweight Xfce Desktop

Lorenzo “Palinuro” Faletra, the founder of security-oriented Parrot OS, has released its new point version 4.10. Unlike the previous Parrot 4.9, the latest v4.10 includes many important updates. Let’s take a look —

Parrot OS 4.10: What’s New?

Update From Debian Upstream

Based on Debian GNU/Linux, Parrot 4.10 has included all the latest updates from upstream sources such as new security and bug fixes like BootHole and other improvements.

Specifically for developers, it has updated development tools to its new version, which includes VSCodium 1.47.3, Python 3.8, Golang 1.14, and GCC 10.1. Additionally, v4.10 has also improved its development meta-packages.

New Additions in Parrot 4.10

Among the new package additions, Parrot 4.10 now features Greenbone Security Manager 11 and a fully-featured vulnerability scanner OpenVAS 7 with the new Debian packaging style.

Going further, with v4.10, Parrot OS now officially supports the lightweight Desktop Environment, Xfce. This means that alongside MATE and KDE, the ISO image of Xfce edition is also available to download.

Parrot OS Xfce Edition
Parrot OS Xfce Edition

Linux Kernel 5.7

Coming to the core part that powers any Linux distro, Parrot 4.10 has upgraded its Linux Kernel from v5.5 to v5.7. Obviously, it brings more features, security, and the latest support ranging from processor to hardware. This includes:

  • Better HDR/OLED Display Support
  • New ARM Features and Device Support
  • New exFAT Filesystem Driver
  • Zoned Block Device Support in Btrfs
  • Apple USB Fast Charge Support For iOS devices
  • A Tiny Power Button Driver
  • Added split lock detection

GUI Version Of AnonSurf 3.0

As promised earlier, AnonSurf 3.0 anonymity tool is now available with a graphical user interface alongside the CLI interface. The GTK app supports several features to monitor the status of Tor, see the traffic, logs, and perform actions such as start, stop, and reload.

Anonsurf 3.0
Anonsurf 3.0

If you find any difficulty using AnonSurf through the command line, you can use its GUI version written in blazingly fast NIM programming language.

AnonSurf 3.0 GUI App
AnonSurf 3.0 GUI App

How To Install Or Upgrade To Parrot 4.10?

Parrot OS is a rolling release distribution, where new updates are available in the repo as soon as it becomes stable and reliable. Hence, if you’re already using the current version of Parrot OS, just update your package to reach new stable versions.

sudo parrot-upgrade

or

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

Note: Parrot OS highly discourages the use of “apt-get upgrade” command to avoid any problems in your system.

If you want a fresh installation, you can also download ISO images of Parrot OS 4.10 from here. The images are available in multiple editions: Security, Mate, KDE, Xfce, Netinstall, Virtual, and Home.